New York Earth Room

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New York Earth Room
ArtistWalter de Maria
Year1977 (1977)
Medium250 cubic yards of earth
MovementLand Art
LocationDia Art Foundation, New York City
Coordinates40°43′34″N 73°59′59″W / 40.7260°N 73.9998°W / 40.7260; -73.9998Coordinates: 40°43′34″N 73°59′59″W / 40.7260°N 73.9998°W / 40.7260; -73.9998
OwnerDia Art Foundation
An oblique view of an 8 story white stone building.
The building housing the New York Earth Room.
An close up view of a building buzzer system showing a button for "2A Dia Apartment" and "2B New York Earth Room".
The buzzer that must be pressed to gain entry to the New York Earth Room.

The New York Earth Room is an interior sculpture by the artist Walter de Maria that has been installed in a loft at 141 Wooster Street in New York City since 1977.[1] The sculpture is a permanent installation of 250 cubic yards (197 cubic meters) of earth in 3,600 (335 square meters) square feet of floor space, and 22 inch depth of material (56 centimeters).[2] The installation has had the same caretaker, Bill Dilworth,[3] for the past 23 years, and is maintained by the Dia Art Foundation who consider it one of their 11 locations and sites they manage.


The first 'Earth Room' was the Munich Earth Room, installed in 1968 by Heiner Friedrich at Galerie Heiner Friedrich in Munich. The work was first installed in New York in 1977 as a 3-month exhibition, at what was then the Heiner Friedrich Gallery. It remained on display long afterward, and when Friedrich helped to establish the Dia Art Foundation in 1980, he supported its permanent sponsorship of the New York Earth Room.[4]

Similarly to de Maria's Lightning Field installation, his Broken Kilometer and New York Earth Room installations in New York remain on continuous view.[5]

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Further reading[edit]

  • De Maria, Walter. 1992. New York Earth Room. Art in America.
  • Kastner, Jeffrey. 2000. "Alone in a Crowd: The Solitude of Walter de Maria's New York Earth Room and Broken Kilometer". Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context, and Enquiry. (2): 69-73.
  • Lailach, Michael, and Uta Grosenick. 2007. Land Art. Köln: Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8228-5613-0. ISBN 3-8228-5613-4
  • Cascone, Sarah. "Walter de Maria, 1935-2013." Art in America.


  1. ^ William Powers. "Escapes: 'The Earth Room' and Other Art by Walter De Maria in New York." The Washington Post. May 20, 2009.
  2. ^ Raver, Anne (November 11, 1993). "GARDEN NOTEBOOK; A Big Room in SoHo, Full of Earth". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Churchill, Abbye (June 4, 2012). "As the Earth Turns: 'The New York Earth Room'". Opening Ceremony.
  4. ^ "Walter De Maria, The New York Earth Room". Dia Art Foundation.
  5. ^ "Dia Art Foundation - Walter De Maria: The Broken Kilometer". Retrieved 2012-07-15.

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